Like a needle dropping on to a playing record, DC’s Lobo has always played to a different drummer than the superhero stalwarts. A pale-faced, frizzled hair bounty hunter doesn’t quite blend in to the Justice League, nor should he. In many ways, Lobo is the crazy DC counterpart to Marvel’s Deadpool, predating him by over a dozen years. For the past few years DC have been attempting to get a Lobo feature film fired up, but Lobo ain’t one to wait — especially for those Hollywood bastiches. Let’s tell them how to do it.
Lobo would be a different kind of superhero movie than Superman or the Marvel mold of movies. It’s a Tim-Burton-meets-John-Carpenter kind of thing. It’s Dog The Bounty Hunter in space, and would be the polar opposite of everything Green Lantern was — especially in the quality department.
For story, we could have Lobo be hired by his friend Ramona to track down some sort of macguffin. Once finding it, he can find out that him and Ramona were duped by a virilous Vril Dox — one of DC’s greatest underused villains — to get the item for use as some sort of larger plan. Maybe people appeal to Lobo to be some sort of hero to stop Vril Dox’s plans, with Lobo only going after him not to be a hero but to get revenge.
Last month Deadline broke the news that DC had tapped direcor Brad Peyton (Journey 2) to helm a Lobo feature, but to me that’s a rather milquetoast choice for someone like Lobo. Instead, I’d get someone to match the alien bounty hunter — someone like Rob Zombie. Zombie has a long history with comics, with their imagery being used often in his music and film work. Rob Zombie would be a sort of muscle-bound Tim Burton, blending black humor, octane-fueled action and craziness (without being crazy) into one of the most fun superhero movies around.
Lobo – Joel Edgerton: Edgerton really impressed me with his starring role in The Warrior, and after going back and watching him in Animal Kingdom I knew he was destined for something greater. I admit Lobo might be a different kind of role for Edgerton, but he seems to have a big personality just waiting to get out and I think he could surely bring the physicality the Main Man needs.
Ramona – Queen Latifah: Ramona was always a unique character in the Lobo equation, and she’d be a quirky and unique character to bring into play here. As owner of bail bonds agency / unisex salon, she can really take care of you in more ways than one. And bringing in someone atypical like Queen Latifah would be an interesting thing to flesh out the character and play off of Lobo.
Vril Dox – Owen Wilson: Owen Wilson’s made his mark in movies playing the wise-cracking good guy, but I think should push it into full on villain mode and become the guy everybody hates. You don’t have to delve to much into his ties as the son of Braniac, but imagine him as the smartest guy in the room going off against someone like Lobo who is more street smart than brain smart.